The Borderlands of Science: Where Sense Meets Nonsense

By Michael Shermer | Go to book overview

CONTENTS
Introduction: Blurry Lines and Fuzzy Sets: The Boundary Detection Problem in the Borderlands of Science1
Part I: Borderlands Theories
1. The Knowledge Filter: Reality Must Take Precedence in the Search for Truth37
2. Theories of Everything: Nonsense in the Name of Science50
3. Only God Can Do That?: Cloning Tests the Moral Borderlands of Science66
4. Blood, Sweat, and Fears: Racial Differences and What They Really Mean80
5. The Paradox of the Paradigm: Punctuated Equilibrium and the Nature of Revolutionary Science97
Part II: Borderlands People
6. The Day the Earth Moved: Copernicus's Heresy and Sulloway's Theory129
7. Heretic-Personality: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Nature of Borderlands Science159
8. A Scientist Among the Spiritualists: Crossing the Boundary from Science to Pseudoscience179
9. Pedestals and Statues: Freud, Darwin, and the Hero-Myth in Science199
10. The Exquisite Balance: Carl Sagan and the Difference Between Orthodoxy and Heresy in Science215

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